As we begin our preparations for Mobile World Congress 2016 (hard to believe), I thought it would be fun to reflect on this year’s show. Cisco worked with the GSMA and the Fira again this year to deliver a carrier-grade Wi-Fi network to 93,000 attendees. After winning last year’s WBA Wi-Fi Industry Award for Most Innovative Hotspot Venue, we challenged the teams to do more this year. We staffed the Network Operating Center with Wi-Fi experts to ensure the network was always delivering peak performance, and we continued to push the envelope on network capability, demonstrating the pure power of a well-deigned carrier-grade Wi-Fi network in a dense trade show environment. I love this video that gives a behind-the-scenes peak into the NOC at work.
We also used Cisco Mobility IQ to gain business insights about Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Mobility IQ, connected devices, mobile world congress, mobility, MWC 2015, MWC 2016, network, service providers, social, social media, wifi, zosen
Guest Blog by Ian Ross, Global Solution GTM Manager
In this second of a series, Ian Ross from our Mobility Solutions and Architectures team explores the Service Provider opportunity around Private LTE networks.
In my last blog I outlined the growing level of interest in private LTE networks; triggered when an enterprise has specific design, operational or performance requirements that can’t be met by public services.
On the surface this may look like a marginalisation risk for service providers, and within the context of legacy offers this would be right. However, while we see a growing interest from enterprises in some verticals in having their own LTE wireless infrastructure, Service Providers are far from precluded from a role in enabling these and in some markets are instrumental.
New markets require new offers
While virtualisation is lowering barriers to adoption, the drivers for Private LTE are Read More »
Tags: broadband, Cisco, Cisco Premium Mobile Broadband, LTE networks, mobile, mobility, opex, Private LTE, service providers, virtualization
Guest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Optical transport has been transformed as integrated high-performance Digital Signal Processing has enabled vendors such as Cisco to squeeze more capacity at greater distances than ever before. Advanced modulation techniques and Forward Error Correction are now commonly deployed. Cisco NCS 2000 platform can drive up to 140 channels, ranging up to 200 Gbps each, with the ability to drive 100 Gbps channels to over 4000 km.
Now we’re seeing the same concept appear in the cable space as DOCIS 3.1 sets the stage for new levels of both HFC throughput and capacity optimization. Imagine being able to get an extra 20%-30% of bandwidth out of your existing cable plant without replacing it? DOCIS 3.1 promises to make this a reality.
Cisco’s flagship cable access router, the Cisco cBR-8 Converged Broadband Router was Read More »
Tags: cable, cable access, cBR-8, ccap, cmts, convergence, D3.1, docsis, DOCSIS3.1, epn, NCS 2000, Optical, remote phy, RPHY, scte, SDN, Service Provider, SP
Growing Market Share Leadership in Mobility – #1 in Packet Core, EPC, MME, SGW, & PGW for Q2 2015, driven by demand for LTE, Wi-Fi, VoWi-Fi, VoLTE, Policy Suite.
Wasn’t that a great lunar event Sunday Night? We had a great view of the full moon, lunar eclipse, blood moon last night that won’t occur again until 2030 something. A before and after picture of the lunar event.
So the reason I am blogging this week is to give you an update from Read More »
Tags: Agile, Cisco, Cisco Services, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, HD Voice, IMS, innovation, Jim O’Leary, Metaswitch Networks, OpenCloud, PCRF, Policy Suite, Policy Suite for Service Providers, Service Provider, service provider wi-fi, Telco Cloud, TTM, vIMS, Virtualized packet core, voice over lte, Voice-over Wi-Fi, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi, vPC, wi-fi
The SCTE IP Challenge has become an event that I look forward to each year. I have participated for 2 years now and plan to return for a third at this year’s Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans. It’s a great opportunity to test your own skills, meet industry colleagues, and enjoy some friendly competition.
The SCTE Expo itself is a great show and always leaves me with a feeling of renewed enthusiasm. The show floor is a great place to identify new equipment or technologies that could have a meaningful impact on your system. However, for me, the technical workshops are the most important events. In these sessions you get to hear real world experiences from technical leaders in the field, learn from successful and less-than-successful technology deployments, and get a great sense of where the industry as a whole is headed for the coming year.
The IP Challenge itself begins several months before the SCTE Expo with two rounds of online qualifiers. The questions in the qualifying rounds can be difficult and often require some research. However, the challenge isn’t necessarily clearing the board, the toughest part is catching all the bonuses and tokens. By the end of a full week you can develop a Pavlovian response to any change in the all-important bonus box.
Although the questions at the finals are Read More »
Tags: cable, ip challenge, scte, Service Provider